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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    Mine arrived in the post today, along with this:

    Natalie

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    Another Winterreise, this time with a lyric baritone. That brings my copies up to three, der Jonas and Mark Padmore singing the other two versions so quite a variety:



    And another Comte Ory; let's hope the production is better than the last one I got,



    I thought I was getting Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde and instead we have Irene Theorin who has fallen victim to a sadistic wig-maker, like many unfortunate singers before her. I have to confess to some disappointment.



    This Death in Venice looks like it is going to be utterly gorgeous.



    Now, the only problem, is what to watch first.
    Natalie

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    I thought I was getting Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde and instead we have Irene Theorin who has fallen victim to a sadistic wig-maker, like many unfortunate singers before her. I have to confess to some disappointment.

    What did you think of the production? This is from the Ring I saw in Berlin last year, also with Ms. Theorin - who most certainly is not in Nina Stemme's league - and I was very disappointed by what should have been a dramatic conclusion to this Götterdämmerung that instead seemed to be pointless. I mean, what was that frieze thing all about at the end? (I know what they were trying to do, but it didn't work).

    The good news in the production was Waltraud Meier's Waltraute - she's always amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I know someone who will want this recording . . .

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    I have the Janowski recording and think it is very good. Not quite in Kempe's league, but well sung and conducted with great sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manon View Post
    I have the Janowski recording and think it is very good. Not quite in Kempe's league, but well sung and conducted with great sound.
    I love the Kempe recording - one of my favorites. But, I also love KFV, who is well-regarded in the role, so have to hear what he does with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I thought I was getting Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde and instead we have Irene Theorin who has fallen victim to a sadistic wig-maker, like many unfortunate singers before her. I have to confess to some disappointment.

    What did you think of the production? This is from the Ring I saw in Berlin last year, also with Ms. Theorin - who most certainly is not in Nina Stemme's league - and I was very disappointed by what should have been a dramatic conclusion to this Götterdämmerung that instead seemed to be pointless. I mean, what was that frieze thing all about at the end? (I know what they were trying to do, but it didn't work).

    The good news in the production was Waltraud Meier's Waltraute - she's always amazing.
    It only arrived yesterday so I haven't watched it. This Ring is very curate's eggy so far; I think without Stemme it would be a flop.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I know someone who will want this recording . . .
    I've got KFV (and Dasch) on the Rat DVD so I haven't acquired this... yet. Maybe I should.
    Natalie

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    Wagner operas - all digital downloads:
    The Ring - Barenboim, Bayreuth
    Lohengrin - Kempe, EMI
    Parsifal - Barenboim, Teldec
    Tristan und Isolde - Barenboim, Teldec
    Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Karajan, EMI
    Tannhauser - Solti, Decca
    Der Fliegende Hollander - Karajan, EMI

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    Wagner operas - all digital downloads:
    The Ring - Barenboim, Bayreuth
    Lohengrin - Kempe, EMI
    Parsifal - Barenboim, Teldec
    Tristan und Isolde - Barenboim, Teldec
    Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Karajan, EMI
    Tannhauser - Solti, Decca
    Der Fliegende Hollander - Karajan, EMI

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    The Demon of the Late Baroque that currently bewitches me made me buy this cd companion to my recent blu-ray acquisition of this claustrophobic libretto that inspired one of Handel's most stunning scores. Well, it stuns me at least.


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    Never try to teach a pig to sing. You will waste your time and you will annoy the pig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Also must own the 1957 studio Decca Gioconda with Cerquetti and even better superstar cast........


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    I needed to go to Arkivmusic for the above, so whilst I was there I also bought another (high purchase costs, you see...)

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    That is two Dark_Angel suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I needed to go to Arkivmusic for the above, so whilst I was there I also bought another (high purchase costs, you see...)

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    That is two Dark_Angel suggestions.
    You will not regret those, Souliotis as you would expect is a highly dramatic Lady MacBeth, some might question Fischer Dieskau in a Verdi role but no real problems for me.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    You will not regret those, Souliotis as you would expect is a highly dramatic Lady MacBeth, some might question Fischer Dieskau in a Verdi role but no real problems for me.............
    I also bought that Macbeth on DA's recommendation - it's wonderful. I haven't bothered to add any other Macbeth recordings because it seems, well, so unnecessary.

    I'm not so sure about the Gioconda - I wasn't very taken with the opera itself when I saw it last month, although I admit to being intrigued as how it is sung by Ms. Cerquetti and the rest of that outstanding cast.

    [btw, I have my fingers crossed that everything goes ok with Arkivmusic]

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